1841 Republic 4 Escudos
Republic gold 4 Escudos 1841 MV-A, KM19, MS62 NGC. An
exceedingly rare Quito Mint issue and the final year of production
for the 4 Escudos type. While examples of this date are almost
never encountered on the market, we offered another specimen
several months ago on 9/2013 in our Long Beach auction. There are
only about 4 known, including one piece held by the British Museum.
The famous Maulme Collection lacked this date and led leading
Ecuador expert Bill Christensen to presume that it did not exist.
The offering of the present example provides new information. On
the coin we recently offered, we noted the presence of an "S"
planted within the back of the lower drapery around Libertad's
bust. This information led us to surmise (due to the rarity of the
date and the tendency for the strike on this type to be incomplete)
that the original reference cataloger had assumed an "A" engraver
as is seen on all previous dates of the type. While this may or may
not have been the case, we can now say one thing definitively:
There were two engravers used for the 4 Escudos of 1841, as an "A"
is clearly situated towards the front portion of the drapery on the
present piece. Notable design differences on the reverse include
the absence of a squiggly character (the same as is seen in the
leftmost quadrant of the reverse character banner) in the foothills
below the mountains; and the addition of a triangle above the
entryway in the castle on the left mountain. With this distinction
made, we have been able to classify another example of the "S" type
that was sold by us in 9/2011 as a well-worn example of the "A"
type sold by UBS in 2004. While early census data under the
clarified classifications come to 2 "A" and 2 "S", more research is
certainly merited. What we can conclude is that of all four
examples observed, the present is by a clear margin the finest.
There are no distracting marks, and all details remain sharp and
glassy, with a prooflike gleam existing in much of the fields. For
the South American specialist, this certainly marks a special
Rare Quito Mint Issue
Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson. Krause catalog price(s) for this item: $7000 in VF.
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